Pennsbury OKs Haskell request

Pennsbury Township supervisors Wednesday night approved a conditional use request by H.G. Haskell to use his Hillgirt Farm as an event venue. Supervisors conducted a conditional use hearing on the matter on Feb. 16.

Haskell had been using the farm at Creek and Cossart roads for various events over the years, including the Farm to Fork dinners. But that was before an ordinance requiring conditional use approval for those activities.

The approval came with more than a dozen conditions, many of which are basic housekeeping matters. Other conditions pertain to the operation of the events.

Those operating conditions include – among others — limiting the total number of guests to 150, the activities must be held in the main barn and an event tent, and the events must conclude by 10 p.m.

Additionally, all ingress and egress for the events are limited to the Cossart Road access, and the number of allowed events is capped at 18 per year unless Haskell goes back to the board to request more.

With the conditions, the measure passed 3-0. Haskell was not present for the approval, but solicitor Tom Oeste said he had contacted Haskell earlier and that Haskell agreed to the conditions.

Other business

The Board of Supervisors also passed a resolution keeping Longwood Fire Co. and EMS for fire and ambulance services. In addition, the Pennsylvania State Police will continue to provide police protection in Pennsbury.


About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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